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If you think your family is dysfunctional......,
This review is from: A Perfectly Good Family (Paperback)
.....this story will be a great comfort!
For all middle aged orphans, this story will strike a chord. I only really appreciated our parents once (a)I had kids of my own and (b)I had lost my own mother. Believe me, a day doesn't pass when I don't wonder at her ability to forgive us and swallow the hurt dished out by her insufferably selfish offspring - myself and my siblings. I have read a couple of other books recently that touch on the mother-child relationship and the biggest thing to come out of it for me is how deeply selfish children are and carry on being so when they are 'children' no longer - i.e. adults. We still take our parents to the cleaners when possible and not only underestimate them, we are never satisfied with their performance and blame all our problems and mistakes on them. Check out Peter Pan by JM Barrie who clearly states that mothers are used like dishrags by their unappreciative children and this is with the full permission of the downtrodden mothers! A Perfectly Good Family portrays a seemingly horribly dysfunctional set of siblings all busy blaming their parents for everything that has gone wrong in their lives and every bad decision they have made, but really they are not so different from the rest of us. Very intriguing and a bit shaming as it makes you look at yourself through your parents' and your siblings' eyes. We all have mutliple personalities it seems - so go on, chose the one you like best to be and take full responsibility for your choice in celebration of your long-suffering parents!